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. >> afghan withdrawal -- the german government backs a big cut in its forces, but is it too much too soon? >> the european union agrees on a set of tougher rules to limit the insolence of the world's largest rating agencies. >> and countdown to wagner's 200th anniversary. a major performance of "the rain." the german cabinet has backed a plan to cut troop numbers in afghanistan by 1/3 in the coming year. foreign combat troops are set to leave the country by the end of 2014, but a training and support force will remain behind. >> nato forces have been struggling with the logistics of the withdrawal, and it is unclear if the afghan national army can survive. >> german forces in afghanistan can look forward to coming home. it is the modern german army's most extensive mission, but the end is in sight. the government has agreed on a gradual withdrawal from afghanistan. 1/3 of nearly 5000 soldiers are to be pulled out by the start of 2014. a year later, all german soldiers will have left, but stability is a key issue. that is why some soldiers will serve beyond 2014. their task will be to supp
government are gathering in tokyo. they are taking part in an international conference to discuss strengthening sanctions. japanese officials say the aim is to get assad to stop the violence against his own people. delegates from more than 60 countries are attended the conference. they include representatives from the gulf region and the west. it's the first meeting of its kind in asia. a spokesperson for the syrian national coalition talked to nhk in egypt ahead of the conference. it was called for nations to work together. >> we need more than that. we have two ways. putting pressure on russia, china and iran to stop supporting this regime and that's what will be useful or supporting military. or make free zone and no fly zone. >> the japanese government has frozen assets held in japan by assad. it took the action last year. >>> a court in south korea is dealing with a legal matter. it's will decide whether to extradite a chinese national to japan for starting a fire. the site honors japan's war dead including war criminals. tokyo police suspect a fire was set to the gate last d
." representatives of nations putting the squeeze on the syrian government have met all over the world. their latest gathering brought them here to japan. the delegates worked on their strategy to push president bashar al assad out of office and ultimately end the bloodshed. on one hand, they're strengthening sanctions. on the other, they're reaffirming their support for opposition forces. nhk world's akira saheki reports. >> reporter: delegates from more than 60 countries are attending the conference, including representatives from the gulf region and the west. they've met several times before, but this is the first time they've gathered in asia. the japanese government hosted the conference to help broaden the base of international support for sanctions against syria. >> translator: the international community has been asking the syrian government to end the violence. but the assad regime is continuing the fight, ignoring the sacrifices of its people. we need to unify our efforts and put pressure on the syrian government. >> reporter: delegates are trying to do just that. they're working to streng
settlements. >> the german government comes under fire for the alleged plan to sell tanks to saudi arabia's authoritarian rulers. >> happy birthday, sms. it is the 20th anniversary of the text message. >> israeli ambassadors have been summoned to various european capitals to face criticism over israel's plans to build homes in the west bank. the u.s. also slammed the mood as -- move as "especially damaging." >> israel's prime minister remains especially defiant. they announce the plans to build homes on friday in response to the plan to upgrade palestine to a non-member state. in the israeli ambassador -- >> israeli ambassador daniel taub. paris and berlin called in israeli envoys to express their opposition. they say that israel is sending an negative message in the midst of national -- international peace efforts. >> israel is undermining competency -- confidence. >> israel says it will build 3000 settler homes in eastern jerusalem and the west bank. also plans to accelerate construction in the area known as e1. that would further isolate palestinians in east jerusalem from the rest of
of the philippines. alerts to shipping companies have been issued. government officials in seoul have seen the scenario before. foreign ministry officials met separately with envoys from japan, the united states, china and russia. it's believed they discussed ways to cancel the launch. the ships have technology to track missiles. they're also considering raising the country's alert status by one notch. >>> euro zone finance ministers approved a loan just last week. now the greeks have announced one way they will use the funds. what's the latest? >> one of the requirements for greek receiving the bailout fund is they cut down their debt. they will buy back government bonds a t a discount. greek officials said on monday they will purchase the bonds from private financial institutions. they will pay 30 to 40% of the original price before the bonds mature. the announcement came a week after euro zone finance ministers agreed to offer 43.7 billion euros. that's about $57 billion. greek officials said the creditor institutions will receive bonds issued by the euro zone's bail out fund instead of
the communist one party rule. many chinese make direct appeals to central government offices and media organizations to complain about corrupt officials and forced evictions. in a ceremony to mark the anniversary, chinese communist party chief she jay ping said he would speed up the legal process. activists in china say tuesday's police action suggest the party is still trying to stifle creditism under shi's new leadership. social activists use the internet to out leaders for corruption and treating the under class urn fairly. the leaders see this as a threat to control and clamp down on some websites. persistent chinese are still finding ways to speak out. >> reporter: in china more than 500 million use the web. they have a broad internet community. >> translator: the stock prices and the foreign sites for financial information. >> translator: i simply cannot live without my smartphone. >> reporter: also, they make some sites off limits. on the chinese site we enter a wall. the internet has given life to new movements. this is a former airport employee. now he is an internet reporter
of government positions at a military airport on the outskirts of the capital. this internet video appears to show destruction after heavy fighting in damascus suburbs that until now have been government strongholds. as syria restricts access to journalists, the video cannot be independently verified. clashes have erupted in egypt as the country's constitutional crisis deepens. tens of thousands of protesters broke through police lines and surrounded the complex. demonstrators are angry over morsi's emergency powers decree and accuse his party of drafting a new constitution here the protests are the largest since the uprising that toppled hosni mubarak almost two years ago. for more on the situation in cairo, we go live to our correspondent. what more can you tell us about the situation in the egyptian capital? >> i do not know if you can hear it in the background -- this is in front of state television, a demonstration. we have another massive demonstration at tahrir square, and for the first time, people demonstrating in front of the presidential palace in the north of the city. there wa
. south korean government officials say their neighbors are sending up a missile. they say it has a range of more than 10,000 kilometers capable of reaching the u.s. west coast. experts used data from previous launches to make their estimate. they say a missile launched in 2009 had a range of almost 7,000 kilometers. north korean officials tried again in april. the rocket exploded shortly after takeoff. but the first booster burned 18 seconds longer than those used in previous attempts. the experts believe engineers may have succeeded in reducing the size of a nuclear warhead. south korean officials say workers have completed the assembly of the three-stage missile. they say once the crew injects the fuel, it will be ready to go. authorities in pyongyang say they've launch between the 10th and 22nd of this month. they say they're sending a satellite into orbit. but leaders of japan and other countries believe the north koreans are carrying out a test of a long-range ballistic missile. the senior u.s. diplomat on north korea has warned the leadership there. he said the u.s. will refer the
political problems later. i am concerned in particular about the arrangements of the system of government, etc. the political problem is that it narrows the process very much to the ruling party. those who backed it up and created a process that was not consentual at all, and to create a constitution on such a narrow basis is certainly not a guarantee for stability in the future. >> a lot of forces are coming together against morsi. is this a battle the president can win? >> the judiciary is a formidable opponent to have. the supreme constitutional court will meet on sunday, and it will be very interesting to watch what they have to say about the situation. on a technical level, he needs the judges also to run the referendum because they are an integral part of the election administration. he really has to win over large parts of the judiciary to make it happen from a technical standpoint. in the short term, he will have real trouble. >> thanks so very much. >> palestinians have been celebrating their recognition by the united nations general assembly. an overwhelming majority made palest
of material to go on, much more than ever before. >> the ministers will seek to the government's support for the ban. one federal interior minister said they have a good case, but he admits there are risks. >> the danger is that these proceedings could give new life to a party that is clearly on the decline. >> next, germany's premiers must decide if they want to follow the recommendation. experts say the process to outlaw the npd could take years. >> ok. peter craven has more from our parliamentary studios. does this mean the npd party will be banned? >> it is difficult to say. i can say it is want to be a long and winding road. the people who support this ban are hoping that both government and parliament will rally around and support it, too. angela merkel is meeting here in berlin tomorrow with the chief ministers of germany, -- germany's 16 federal states to discuss, amongst other things, this precise issue. i can say that angela merkel -- it is a well-known fact -- she is cautious and cagey about this push for a ban. they remember how a bid to get a previous -- a previous bid to ge
>> "inside washington" is brought you in part by the american federation of government employees, proud to make america work. for more information about afge and membership, visit afge.org. >> production assistance for "inside washington" was provided by allbritton communications and politico, reporting on the legislative, executive, and political arena. >> my hope is to get this done before christmas. >> no substantive progress has been made in talks between the white house and the house. >> this week on "inside washington," heading towards the fiscal cliff. who is going to blink first? >> nobody can win everything. the republicans will have to give on revenue, democrats will have to give on entitlement reform. >> susan rice still in the bull's-eye. >> the concerns i have are greater today than before. >> lunch at the white house whitemitt. who will dare to break the no tax hike pledge? >> republicans who voted against the no tax hike pledged damage the brand for everyone else. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> thomas jefferson said the purpose
>>> expanding its reach. the chinese government makes another move to tighten its grip on disputed islands in southeast asia. chinese leaders are looking at the map of asia and looking at ways to assert their control over what they consider theirs. recently they made a change to their country's passports suggesting disputed islands in the south china sea belong to china. now they're threatening to crack down on foreign ships that enter waters around those islands. analysts see the decision as part of efforts by china to reinforce its claim to the territory. leaders in vietnam and the philippines argue the islands lie within their borders. but the state-run xinhua news agency reports officials in hainan province issued an ordinance banning foreign ships from stopping in chinese unclaimed waters in the south china sea without permission. the ordinance also prohibits crews aboard those ships from landing on islands in the area. and it stipulates chinese authorities can search any vessels and detain crew members if the ban is violated. the directive also calls on chinese officials to s
the israeli government saying that this is a unilateral move that violates the oslo court, that the house indians are aiming to join the international criminal court, and it preempts the united nations. i think for israel right now, the concern is on the diplomatic outcome as well, how countries will be voting, and the high level of support that palestinians would get from the international community. >> what about on the ground and the occupation? how will this change life for the palestinians? >> have asked many palestinians what they expect, and most said they are aware of the symbolic character, but there will still be settlements. there will still be the israeli occupation. basically, there will be no changes on the ground, but my impression is that many do support this. although some are skeptical because there's no other choice, no peace process, whatever, but they hope this will at least give them some recognition of their rights eventually. >> thanks so much. to syria now. the country has gone offline. according to a firm that monitors global internet traffic, syrian public tv ha
the size of government, and the other half of it is this model legislation that's in the corporate good. in other words, there's a profit-driven legislation. how can you open up a new market? how can you privatize something that can open up a market for a company? and between those two divisions, you are kind of getting to the same end goal, which is really kind of ultimate privatization of everything. >> mark pocan is something of an expert on alec. in fact, to learn as much as he could, he became a member. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> what i realized is if you join alec for a mere $100 as a legislator, you have the full access like any corporate member. >> he also took himself to an alec conference for a first-hand look. >> hi, i'm state representative mark pocan, and welcome to my videoblog. i'm outside the marriott on canal street in new orleans at the alec convention, the american legislative exchange council. that was where you watch the interaction of a room full of lobbyists -- free drinks, free cigars, wining, dining. many people just came from a dinner that was sponsored by some special int
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